Obituary of Colleen Jane Allen Fairchild
Colleen Jane O'Neal was born on July 30, 1960 in Monroe, Michigan. She was one of five children born from the union of Edward Michael and Kathleen (Worrell) O'Neal. Colleen attended classes at Monroe Public Schools. She married her first husband Jack Allen on August 10, 1984. From that union she was blessed with three beautiful daughters. On Valentine’s Day, 2008 Colleen wed Charles Edward Fairchild.
Born with the gift of gab, Colleen enjoyed talking so much she would hold a conversation with any willing participant. As gossiping was one her favorite pastimes, her family jokingly referred to her as a “professional busy body”. Colleen enjoyed sitting outside and sipping on a cup of coffee when the weather was warm, often reading romance and murder mystery novels. On many occasions, she could be seen doting on her Doberman ,“Kirby”, who was well-known as her big four-legged baby. Fascinated with true crime, Colleen frequently perused through crime magazines during the Nineties and later watched the Investigation Discovery channel to learn about advancements in forensic techniques.
Above anything, Colleen was a cherished wife and mother who was full of life. She loved her family deeply and would do anything for them. Colleen adored her grandchildren and was especially close to her grandson, Calvin, who took care of her after surgery and spent nearly every day at her house.
Colleen Jane Allen-Fairchild, age 62, passed away peacefully on Monday, December 26, 2022, at her home in Monroe, Michigan. Her passing was preceded by her mother: Kathleen; one brother: Michael O'Neal; a granddaughter Sydney Beard and her first husband: Jack Allen.
Left to cherish her memory, she leaves her loving husband: Charles Fairchild; three daughters: Lisha (Calvin Johnson Jr.) Allen, Jackie Allen, and Stacie (Joshua) Davis; two sisters: Becky (Dave) Wylie and Peggy (Mitch) Hendrien; one brother: Jeff (the late Barb) O'Neal; and nine beloved grandchildren.
Friends may gather to Celebrate Colleen’s Life on Saturday, December 31, 2022 from 11:30am to 3:00pm with a Eulogy being read at 1:00pm at 423 Jerome Street, Monroe, Michigan 48161. Colleen’s care has been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. Cremation has taken place at our on-site crematory: Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.
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